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  1. My thought are with this latest family. The numbers (especially of female victims) seem to be climbing at a dizzying rate this year. So many needless deaths by animals thought of as man’s best friend. Thank you for giving us a place to become educated and educate others on this epidemic.

    • The owner might also be thinking that if she doesn’t continue mongering “kill or die trying” bully dogs 100% that she will become the focus of the cult’s insane fury. Fury that no doubt she has encouraged in the past.

  2. How does anyone allow a 95 year old woman to be attacked and killed by a dog? Did she have life insurance? If so, who benefited from her death?

    I personally think the deaths caused by dogs will have to increase a lot before anyone listens. The pit bull supporters don’t seem to care about these deaths. The pit bulls are more important than people’s lives.

    • My theory is that it’s not the numbers, it’s the victims. Most victims of serious and fatal dog attacks do not come from neighborhoods and towns where the wealthier, more influential and powerful members of their region live. I just did a very, very casual look at the last 20 fatal attack victims. Only 4 lived in towns/cities/villages where the median income was at or above the US median income. They didn’t live in poverty, but they were also not living anywhere near the people who influence laws on a state and national level. This is why the pit bull breeder lobby has focused on pre-emption – so the state-level people living in 90k median income towns can be easily convinced to ‘save doggies from discrimination’. They literally have no skin in the game, so it’s an easy sell. If you’re a career public servant at that level, you can easily buy a $3400 Goldendoodle and have her flown in to be your child’s pet, and all your neighbors have the same ability. I live near places like that, and you do not see pit bulls being walked on their streets. You see doodles, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Goldens, Beagles, etc.

      • My parents lived in a nice neighborhood. And, lo and behold, guess what started showing up. If you guessed pit bulls, you’re right on the money.

        And, speaking of money, the local SPCA is very good at raising money from people in neighborhoods like my parents’.

        Now, what kind of dog do you think this SPCA is pushing? If you kept your guesser locked on pit bulls, you’re right again.

        • I live in Pearland Tx with a very healthy average income, in an upper middle class area, and assure y’all that pit bulls, pit bull mixes and a variety of exotic mastiffs outnumber the doodles walked, especially on/near playgrounds. We share a border with Houston, rescue culture rules here.

      • I definitely think you have a point. Given my past observations, it certainly seems as though many pitbull owners are okay with accepting a reduced standard of living. Be it a torn up shack or a decent home that is dirty or damaged or full of crates because of the dog, it seems that they are so blinded by their quest to promote the breed, that they are fine with their reduced quality of life.

        Using Annie here as an example, she was evidently at peace with the prospect of this dog crashing through a $1000+ window in her home. Of course, it seems as though she has the money to deal with any collateral expenses that may arise.

  3. This is so heartbreaking. This woman had such a long life, only to have it end in pain and fear by a dog while visiting someone. I had a dear great aunt who loved to be 105. At 95 she was still vivacious, able bodied and independent. This victim may have had years ahead of her yet. But because someone chose to get a dog containing half or more of the most deadly dog there is, she’s gone.

    As a side note, I see lots of “pointer mixes” advertised at shelters when pointers are actually not a very common breed and the photos show no discernible pointer traits. But even if it IS a pit bull/pointer mix, it just shows how even a little bit of bully breed blood can pollute a dog. Even in mixes with “good” breeds, those deadly pit instincts come through with incredible strength.

    • Yoder, it was a put bull. Not a mix. The owner of this killer dog, Annie Hornish, is downplaying her responsibility in this woman’s horrific, totally avoidable & absolutely predictable pit-mauling death, by lying about the breed (and lying, lying, lying about many other things). I saw the photos of the dog. It’s totally Pit Bull. Pit Nutters always claim purebred Pits are “mixed breeds”…so devious. Just because the Pit had some smaller black spots does NOT mean that it’s lineage is mixed with anything other than the purposely-bred fighting dog breed, Pit Bull. I do agree with you wholeheartedly, that Janet D’Aleo‘s life was ruthlessly stolen from her…and that she likely had multiple years of life ahead of her, which was her right to enjoy. My grandmother lived just shy of 100, which was shocking, as we expected her to live far past 100 (Our family has a history of such longevity). The killing of Janet D’Aleo was no “unexpected mishap”. The killer Pit Bull’s owner, Annie Hornish, appears to be a Pit Bull advocate sociopath, lying her face off. She appears completely unphased, not upset at all, which is seriously disturbing! I also agree that Pit Bull “mixes” are to be considered Pit Bulls…they cannot be trusted & are NOT “pets”. It is much like mixing some Python, Hyenna and Alligator in & expecting the creature to not eat children (and cats, adults, dogs, etc..). It IS the breed. Pit Bulls kill. They’re just doing what they’ve been painstakingly selectively bred to do. To expect anything other than that is the very definition of insanity. I hope Ms. Hornish pays dearly for her active participation in Janet D’Aleo‘s death by Pit Bull. She simply MUST be held accountable.

  4. There are only two possibilities: Either the dog was known to show signs of aggression, or this was its first time showing any aggression. People who think that any specific dog will always be 100% friendly are always shocked, stunned and amazed that the dog attacked. However, people who know that dogs are unpredictable, dangerous animals, are never shocked, stunned, or amazed when any dog attacks, because the reason is that it is an unpredictable, dangerous animal.

  5. The home she was visiting, was the home of an old friend living with her daughter, an animal activist. They are blaming it on the home health aide who reprimanded the dog for barking with visitors and calling it a tragic accident and not the dogs fault. She fell backwards according to the Hartford Curant?spelling…

  6. Interesting update – the property where the deadly attack occured and the killer pit bull are both owned by Annie Hornish. She is the current “Director” for the Humane Society of the US for Connecticut and a former state rep for CT whose re-election campaign literature featured a white pit bull.

    As part of her job at HSUS, she helped tank a 2018 initiative to examine serious dog attacks in CT. When that died, the state’s dept of Agriculture took it up independently. Their working group is dominated by people with financial interests in representing dog owners – a vet, a rescue group, the CT HSUS, an animal control officers. This seems to indicate, btw, that Annie Hornish or coworkers will end up being one of the people in a position to decide the fate of her pit bull.

    https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/ENVdata/Tmy/2018HB-05367-R000309-Hornish,%20Annie%20,%20Connecticut%20Senior%20State%20Director-The%20Humane%20Society%20of%20the%20United%20States,-TMY.PDF

    • Wow. Just wow. This woman proposes that dogs which have attacked people be given DUE PROCESS. She compared it to a human’s right to be innocent until proven guilty. She said this is needed because “the stakes are so high.” What she refers to there is that dogs might be removed “unnecessarily” from their homes. She says that dangerous dog law is complicated. When a dog kills someone, it really isn’t complicated. When a dog kills someone (no matter the scenario or if the person “fell” or the dog was being “reprimanded”) it should be photographed, its breed determined by an unbiased party, and then destroyed. No due process. No costly court battles. No lengthy holds or any attempt to rehabilitate it. Humans should come first, every single time. Every excuse in the world is going to be made for this killer dog, as if this elderly lady’s life is worth comparing to that of an animal. What a twisted world we live in.

    • If every unpredictably dangerous dog were removed from their home, there would be much, much less than tens and hundreds of thousands of maulings in this country every year. Closer to zero, instead of hundreds of thousands. Problem: People like to possess unpredictably dangerous dogs.

    • HSUS must fire this whack job & stop promoting Pit Bulls. She needs to go to prison. She took in an obviously problematic Pit Bull that was ousted from many multiple homes & documented to break out of windows, become agitated with visitors (watch the “birthday party” video), and freely allowed it to kill. The bizarre, twisted news report video (Fox news) shows her presenting as a sociopath, with absolutely NO signs of distress, upset nor trauma, as she so claims. In fact, she appears detached and cool as a cucumber, as she gaslights the reporter into focusing on HER, the dog and her lies that the deceased “fell backwards”, instead of being mauled to death by HER Pit Bull. That she previously killed off dog bite legislation in order to protect dangerous dogs and their owners should be highlighted during her trial.

  7. I feel really lucky to have found a wonderful little mix terrier breed at the
    local humane society. I looked a long time and almost bought a prison dog in Colorado. The prison dogs are vetted and trained but go fast.Most of the dogs are pit bull mixes at the local pound . The humane society has a low rating on yelp because they euthanized a returned pit bull that had a history of biting twice!

  8. Re: the video of the party – the b/w pit bull’s body language as it starts up, barking, is not nice at all. Rigid body, head whipped to the side, whale eye – aroused and frozen, a horrible combination.

    Looks like they got it from a Jessica Kaczynski, who posted in June on FB:

    “Sadly we are looking for an immediate home/foster home for my parent’s dog Dexter. I had rescued him about six months ago. He is sweet, loyal, house trained- with the exception that he jumps through windows that have screens and today he broke though a glass window to get outside- that was the last straw for my parents. Anxiety medicine has helped him in the past with this. When another dog is around he does not do that. He only tries to break through windows when he is alone.

    Even if someone can take him just for a couple of weeks to but time. My parents want to take him to the Humane Society and when I called them when I was originally looking for a home for him they said he would euthanize him because he’s a pitbull. So bring him there is a death sentence.”

    She amends that later, saying b/c it’s a pit bull WITH SEVERE ANXIETY, he’s likely to be euthanized.

    Amazingly, this is not a 19yo girl with an immature brain but a 30-something woman who passed her ‘rescued’ pit bull on to her aging parents because she was going through a divorce. When they lose patience with it being insanely hard to handle, she’s bummed they didn’t give it more time.

    • That video clip gave me chills. Does anyone else in that room understand how worked up that dog really is? I notice that the person sitting with him began to move away. You are spot on with your analysis of the danger signs he was displaying.

      This dog owner sounds like she is doing all she can to blame everyone for this lady’s death except for the dog that did it. Who wants to bet that the home health caregiver was hitting the be dog with the metal stool because he was already ATTACKING the victim? And how does a “fall” relate to bloody bite injuries? Lies and deflection, anything to make the dog come away as a hapless victim of unfortunate circumstance and not as the murdering aggressor. Just your normal pit bull owner deflecting blame, except this one is high ranking in the HSUS. This case will either be glossed over, or (hopefully) will be enough to draw attention to the problem.

      And this is yet another dog that has to be on anti-anxiety medication just to function in a home without busting through windows. Sounds like the perfect animal to be around seniors! It’s too bad that this dog wasn’t put to sleep as he should have been before some do-gooder “rescue angels” swooped in and saved him so he could live to kill this 95 year old lady. This woman’s blood is on the hands of every person who kept this dog from being put down.

      And that electoral ad for Hornish? She probably got a ton of votes from the pit crowd thanks to that grimacing dog beside her. They call it “smiling” of course, but it’s nothing more than the result of having a huge maw. What a big smile you have! The better to maim you with, my dear.

      Everything about this story disgusts me.

    • Agree… dog was resource guarding that chair and chased the woman sitting next to him away. The woman he went after probably didn’t think that was cute.

      I wonder if she’s grateful to be alive right now. If I was her, I would be.

  9. The caregiver was the only one who tried to protect this elderly victim and she’s getting the blame for the attack? By a former state rep and high level HSUS representative? This is so scummy, I can’t believe it. I want to hear the caregiver’s side of the story.

    • If you donate money to HSUS, stop. Right now. Instead, start donating to organizations like the one that’s been running this website for more than a decade.

  10. I find it shocking that, once again, a dog that murdered a person doesn’t get destroyed for it’s unspeakable crime. They are talking about investigating “before drawing conclusions”, and they want to know iwnether the dog was a “rescue” or not. Who cares? The dog is a murderer, that’s the only conclusion to be drawn here, and it needs to be killed on the spot for destroying a precious human life. But no, that’s not what’s happening.
    Truly, we live in a society of insane dog worshipers, who think dogs are more valuable than people.

    • The dog(s) must be alive during the investigation process. Understanding where it came from is critically important for legal purposes. Had the dog bitten before?

  11. This may sound horrible, but I really hope the victim had lots of surviving family members, and that they are pissed off and geared up for some serious legal response.

    We can’t bring her back but the surviving family members can legally barbecue a pit pushing politician.

    After that disgusting response to the press with the pig pit owner trying to blame the home care worker for disciplining the dog… when what actually happened was a brutal attack that couldn’t be stopped by anyone, and certainly not the HCW, who sounds like the only person who even tried to save the victim.

    I concur with Yoder. This is absolutely repulsive in every way.

    • One of my Tucson friends is a personal injury attorney. Believe me, this guy is no fan of pit bulls.

      But pit bull injury cases? Oh, brother. My friend turns into a personal injury attorney/pit bull.

      In one instance, a facial mauling of a toddler, he won a $500k judgment.

      In short, I hope that Janet D’Aleo’s surviving family members hire a lawyer like my friend.

      • I had an interesting conversation last year with someone whose niece was mauled by a pit bull as a child. Thanks to a) the owners having resources and b) the parents hiring an good lawyer, the little girl ended up paying for college with the settlement.

  12. Wow. Pardon my French, but Anne Hornish sounds like a grade A asshole. When the first comment from you regarding the death of your elderly disabled mother’s elderly disabled friend is a LIE, you instantly lose all credibility and respect. (That’s assuming you were working with any to begin with.)

    “Nothing to see here, folks! This is a cut and dry case of spontaneous jugular abruption. The dog just HAPPENED to be greeting her in an exuberant manner when she just happened to bleed out. The two things are completely unrelated. I’ll be requesting an unnecessary autopsy at taxpayer’s expense to attempt to prove my bullshit theory.”

    Hornish isn’t sympathetic or empathetic. She’s just plain pathetic.

    Condolences to the family of Mrs. D’Aleo. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  13. Since when is the opinion of the dog’s owner (who was not even present) given such credibility in a case like this? Is she a medical doctor to so quickly conclude that the fall killed this lady?Her synopsis of what happened is put out there almost as fact in many of these articles. Sounds like typical drivel too… he was just greeting her, he only bit because he got scared, it was the health worker’s fault for reprimanding him, it was the old lady’s fault for being frail and using a walker, etc. And of course some articles have the usual pit bull defense spiel at the end. “This isn’t because of the breed. Blah blah blah.”

    When will the home health worker get to voice what really happened? Who hits a dog with a metal stool hard enough to bend it just to keep a dog from EXUBERANTLY GREETING someone as Hornish claims? That sounds much more like a desperate attempt to keep a dog from mauling someone to death. I hope this health worker is not intimidated by money and political power into keeping silent.

    And what if, let’s just say what if Hornish’s fanciful account had been true… does that excuse the behavior of the dog? If she died from being knocked down by the dog jumping on her, isn’t that still a death caused by Hornish’s dog? And isn’t a dog that’s so out of control that it jumps on old ladies and then bites them when someone tries to pull them off still a danger?

    Hopefully this case won’t quietly disappear over the weekend.

    • Exuberant greeting… with teeth. And head shakes. And despite an able bodied person armed with a metal stool, the “greeting” didn’t stop until she was dead.

      F_ck this owner and her insane pit pushing agenda. I hope she plans on resigning her post on Monday.

  14. FYI – We noticed at about 7:30pm Central that Annie Hornish deactivated her Facebook page. We have replaced all links with screenshots. If we missed one, please let us know in comments.

      • Absolutely! Great job Colleen. It’s an unlovely, depressing task but so desperately needed. I can only hope that some day sanity will resume and your task will become easier because there are far fewer deaths to record. Thank you for your diligence.

    • Well, gosh golly. Wonder why Annie Hornish, a public figure who is very well known, would suddenly disable her Facebook page.

      Sounds like someone’s in big trouble and needs to, ahem, take care of some evidence that could be incriminating.

  15. This is going to get interesting. Very interesting. Annie Hornish is a Humane Society VIP and a Connecticut society VIP. Her pitbull advocacy has killed her mother’s friend and she immediately starts to defend her dog as well as herself as the owner. She has the disgusting audacity to blame a $10-$12 an hour Home Health Aid employee on this attack as well as the victim for falling. Sadly, I suspect the official records will be amended because of her status to make this appear like this was caused by a fall. Unfortunately we’re going to see what happens when a former or current high-ranking government official is involved in a significant incident resulting in death.

      • Oh, ffs. Pointers are not common, their owners have zero interest in letting them run loose making puppies and pit bull owners have less than zero interest in putting anything other than mastiff or bulldog into their breed. Any atypically lean pit bull that’s predominately white is called a pointer mix but it’s not true. That animal is a pit bull, full stop. There’s no ‘mix’ about it.

        • Even the individual who was trying to find Dexter a new home called him a pit bull. No mention of pointer at all. And she posted one of her pleas to save him on PIT BULL CENTRAL Facebook page. She also calls him a “perfect dog.” Yeah, right… a perfect dog which busts through windows, needs anti-anxiety medications, freaks out at birthday parties and kills elderly ladies.

  16. As reported by Animals 24/7, Hornish’s comments on the killing:

    “The dog has no history, whatsoever, of aggression. The dog has been around children and has been around Janet D’Aleo multiple times. These are not breed-specific issues and that is something people who have pit bulls understand.”

    The dog has an extensive history of the exact temperament flaw that leads to 99% of aggression in dogs – anxiety. And I hope to God that the police recognize this, and that they also notice that the secondary defense – he’s been around kids and old folks a lot! – is less of a defense and more of an admission of bad judgement, given the outcome of having it around one old lady in particular.

    And if the police do not understand this, I would hope that one of the no doubt legion members of dog handling professions residing in that local area would bring it to their attention. Dogs who go through windows out of anxiety if left alone are NOT safe dogs, particularly not when they’re physically powerful and of breeds with extensive attack/mauling backgrounds.

    • “The dog has been around children and has been around Janet D’Aleo multiple times.”

      We see these kinds of comments over and over and over again. Sweet Biffy’s long long history of familiarity with the victim, whom Sweet Biffy just happened to maul to death one day out of the blue. Gee, it’s SRUV again.

      Are the people saying this doing so because they think it is exculpatory?

      Unless they are claiming that it wasn’t Sweet Biffy who mauled the victim into a non-living state, then no amount of words can exculpate the pit bull. So the words must be intended to exculpate the pit bull owner from liability — IOW, “how was I to know that Sweet Biffy would do this?”

      Except that ***this*** is exactly what pit bulls do, are documented to do, and make news story after news story as a result of doing. At a certain point, pit bull owners claiming ignorance of what their dog is capable of doing, esp. after the dog has done it, has to stop being accepted as credible.

      Hornish likely has a lot to lose, financially. A $337k house in a zip code where the median household income is 40% above the national figure.

      https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/584-Thrall-Ave_Suffield_CT_06078_M44905-16553

      I’m wondering if the blame-shifting and FB deactivation are defensive moves to protect her assets as much as herself.

      • She may have disabled the FB page, but there’s this little website that has screenshots of it. And what website might I be referring to? This one, people.

        Poor Annie. She just stepped in it bigtime.

        And I’m sure that the victim’s family’s personal injury lawyer will capitalize on this to the nth degree. And I hope that said attorney wins a HUGE judgment.

    • A dog that bashes it’s way through a window to get to something it wants, already shows severe signs of aggression.

      This blindness to the obvious is why most pitbull owners are far too stupid to own anything other than a goldfish.

  17. Hmmm, can’t wait to see the apologists start blaming the owner on this one. Wow…just wow. These animals should NOT be re-homed if there is any possibility of a threat like this. Let them breed them into a toy breed! Can’t believe they are starting to pass pre-emptive laws to prevent people who are trying to reduce the risks. Like pushback from car manufacturers who are opposed to seat-belts. This is one example of how the world has gone nuts!

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  19. A land shark with severe anxiety who jumps through windows, breaking the glass. Yeah, I’m chomping at the bit to have that kind of action in my house!

  20. A diagnosis of anxiety, putting a dog on anxiety meds is actually meaningless. It is now the ‘fashion’ for pet owners to increase their status by reporting that their dog has anxiety, and, veterinarians have an ever and ever larger medicine cabinet to dispense from. Five months old pups who cry when left alone are on such drugs. ‘Tis the way to the world, now. The report that Dexter was on such drugs does not make him more dangerous.

    • Can we agree that killing a 95-year-old woman makes Dexter dangerous?

      **********

      The report that Dexter was on anxiety meds was the same report that said Dexter had jumped through window screens multiple times, and glass window at least once.

      This is not stable dog behavior. Instability is, however, fairly common in pit bulls. Which is part of what makes them dangerous.

      • Could someone tell me why Dexter was jumping through windows? Usually pit bulls jump through windows in order to chase/maul/kill animals and/or people they see through the windows.

        A few dogs jump out of windows because they are terrified of a noise or something else in the house.

        Some might do it to chase cars.

        Dexter had a reason, and it probably wasn’t a nice reason.

        • I don’t think we really know the reason. The June 2019 FB posting which contained this info only said that Dexter was alone when he did this, and that he did it “to get outside.” The latter point seems rather Captain Obvious.

          Since Dexter was alone, and the poster does not mention any video footage of these incidents, it’s anyone’s guess. It could have been separation anxiety. It could have been aggressively pursuing something outside the window. It could have been something else. There’s no way to tell. Whatever the reason, crashing through windows is not what a stable dog does.

          • The behavior and comments of This director of the local Humane Society disqualify her from a position which requires public trust. The ways she tried to spin the tale of a deadly dog attack is disgusting. I hope she has to go before a judge. She should be required to sit down and read the names and details of every single death caused by pit bulls in the US this year out loud to an audience made up of Humane Society employees. She starts off with the damnable motto of the Humane Society, “ This dog is an individual.” =breed has nothing to do with it. From there she illustrates the typical pit bull owner/advocate reaction to the death of a human being caused by her pit bull- the Victim fell and caused her own death, the dog was just excited to see her, the fall killed her, no she wasn’t bitten, the aide caused the attack by hitting the dog with a stool. In other words Victim blaming and it has nothing to do with breed. Then rescuer blaming as well! The Humane Society is getting people killed and mauled with their infuriating propaganda. I hope there are charges. I hope she looses her job for her poor judgement of allowing both elderly people and children around an unadoptable pit bull which showed aggressive tendencies with no leash or muzzle or crate or any precautions. Her lack of integrity and judgement is what really caused this poor woman’s death in my opinion. However, I believe the policies of The Humane Society to deny breed matters and to obfuscate breed are getting people maimed and killed by pit bulls.

          • I once kept a full blooded female Boxer for a couple of weeks while her owners were out of town. She was a very anxious dog and her owners suggested keeping her crated at all times that I was unable to actively attend to her. It seemed a sad life for her, and I spent as much time as I could during those weeks engaging her in play and training. But one day, my mother called me from her home across the road with an emergency and I had to dash out of the house without crating her. When I returned, the screens and blinds of every single window that she could reach had been utterly torn asunder. I have little doubt that if I had been gone for a few more minutes she may have tried to force her way through the glass of one of those windows.

            This was a deeply unhappy dog who was only settled and content if you had a hand on her. These days, she would have doubtless been on medication. Although she was friendly, I would not have trusted her in any potentially stressful situation such as a party, nor did I think she was stable enough to be around children. Her owners planned to breed this troubled dog, but thankfully due to a mix up at the vet’s office she was accidentally spayed. Why propagate such tendencies? When she no longer had the possibility of breeding she was sent to a new home, and probably another, and another, and another like this pit bull Dexter.

            All this to say, I’ve been around a powerful breed of dog which was highly anxious. The thought of a pit bull with those same traits is utterly terrifying.

    • A dog that shows “anxiety” is simply a dog that hasn’t been trained to be calm in the presence of myriad distractions and social interactions. That’s fixable.

      When it isn’t, that shows such a poor temperament that it shouldn’t be a pet, or allowed to breed and possibly, euthanized.

      Shoving a medicine down its throat when it can’t express how that medication is affecting it…is asinine at best, dangerous at worst.

      Talk about insufferable pharmaceutical cash grabs. That takes the cake.

    • In this case, the previous owner said that anxiety medication helped Dexter to stop breaking through windows. I think that this goes beyond the (ridiculous) fashionable trend of having a dog that’s “on something” to truly indicate an unstable dog. And I think that it should add to Hornish’s culpability when she must admit that she took in a dog that needed medication to keep it from breaking through glass. If she continued such medications, that doesn’t help her case because it shows that Dexter had real problems, and if she discontinued the medication then it shows that she should have known Dexter could potentially have problems due to not being on the medication which had curbed his instability in the past.

      I hope they throw the proverbial book at this woman and make her an example to all the other pit mongers out there.

    • Unlikely to be the case here and there’s no excuse for the Hornish family’s careless handling of their chosen rescue pit bull. When you have a dog with separation anxiety so extreme it smashes out of windows in a panic, that’s a dog whose irrational reactions to minor stress escalate quickly to being far outside his own self-control. And when that lack of self-control is accompanied by a rapid loss of self-preservation (ie, ignoring the pain and noise of the window breaking), you have a dog who can do anything and do it in the blink of a terrified, panicking eye. Being on anti-anxiety meds, in this case, is a clear sign that there is an elevated risk of a serious bite.

  21. Can we determine if the owner was home at the time of the attack? One article indicated that she was not.

    If she wasn’t home, she can’t have witnessed the attack, unless there is in-house security footage.

  22. The story is changing again, with police describing horrific bite wounds and Hornish swerving to meet that challenge by belatedly admitting there was a teeth-into-flesh incident but again blaming the nurse’s aid.

    “Police went on to say she sustained “massive injuries including flesh, muscle and tendon loss to the lower extremities””

    “Hornish admits the dog bit D’Aleo, but said it happened when a nurse’s aid in the house thought the dog was attacking their friend and was trying to get him away from her.”

    “Police said under the “Ian Dunbar Bite Assessment Scale, the incident rated a level six of six.”

    To find Dunbar’s scale, the police seem to be actually investigating, not just chalking it up to ‘old lady, big dog, tragic accident.’ That’s a relief.

    https://www.wfsb.com/news/pd-woman-attacked-by-dog-in-suffield-sustained-massive-injuries/article_96f43d78-0497-11ea-b1fc-c74477143d2e.html

  23. Hornish’s behavior in this is baffling.

    She walks into her home to find a woman she’s known her entire life, a close friend of her mother for almost 70 years, being attacked by the pit bull she acquired 4 months earlier.

    She has to pry the pit bull off the woman, who is on the floor and unconscious.

    She calls 911 and indicates only a dog bite; emergency responders only realize the extent of the injuries, which include missing flesh and tendons, upon arriving at the house.

    She immediately makes statements to police and the press implying that the fault for the deadly attack lies with the elderly woman for falling and the health aid for hitting the pit bull. She generously adds that she doesn’t fault anyone for their ‘irrational behavior’ based on fear.

    She denies the pit bull bit the victim until police make it impossible to avoid admitting it.

    She describes the pit bull she’s owned only a brief period and which she’s just witnessed mauling a woman to death in glowing terms to the press, calling it a gentle pet.

    She says she’s prepared to address the towns ‘perceived concerns’ about the pit bull, using weaselspeak she must have acquired in her political career to describe fears of a deadly pit bull as a ‘perceived’ problem.

    She says she desperately wants to avoid euthanizing the killer pit bull.

    https://www.journalinquirer.com/towns/suffield/

    • Great summary, Sara. Many people look at the druggies, the inattentive parents, the thugs and “trash” as being the lowest of pit bull owners when this happens. But I find Hornish to be of the absolutely must disgusting character of any pit bull owner I’ve seen on this site, for all the reasons listed above.

      How can she bear to look at her elderly mother whose friend was torn apart in her home and want to keep that dog alive? Just how? It would at least be almost understandable if she was just trying to cover her own culpability with her lies… people do that all the time. Self-preservation is despicable, but natural. But trying to save the dog? My only guess is that she may be worried about repercussions from her fellow pit mongers. Or can it really be that the love and loyalty she should feel for her mother and her mother’s poor dead friend is LESS than the love and loyalty she feels toward a stupid dog that she’s only had for months? That thought is really sickening.

      • I meant to add that I wonder if SHE still trusts Dexter, having seen what he is capable of doing. Would she be willing to go into a pen with him, or bring him back into her home with her momma? Or is she fine with him living as long as it is only putting someone else at risk?

      • She doesn’t care about the dog either! She cares about self, ego, the pit mongering cult.

        If she actually cared about the dysfunctional demented frustrated dog, she would put him down immediately

    • I’m trying to imagine this woman coming home to what must have looked like an abattoir, with the survivors reacting as normal people would react to such a horrific, sustained attack. The blood spattered walls and furniture, the hysterical (I would imagine) home health aid, and the gore covered pit on a mission. Her sociopathic response to this, trying to logically spin a story, is almost as terrifying as the attacking pit itself.

  24. This video is fun. Who the hell talks to the media, straight-faced, and without tears after their dog kills someone? Who provides photos of their pit looking “cute” after it mauls someone to death? Who doesn’t even know if their dog weighs 30 or up to 50 lbs?

    https://fox61.com/2019/11/08/enfield-elderly-woman-dies-after-pitbull-knocks-her-down-and-bites-her-leg/?response=correction-sent

    And, for anyone who would like to email her to resign:

    https://www.humanesociety.org/forms/contact-your-connecticut-state-director

  25. I personally find the birthday video very disturbing, as Dexter was extremely upset in that video. Yet, no one saw a need to put Dexter where he would be more comfortable. Personally, I would never have left a dog that upset at a party with numerous guests.

  26. On a game dog forum, someone asked if a game dog puppy could be raised, trained to not be dog aggressive (to kill family, their own kind).

    Someone answered, “why, that would be like getting a bird dog, and then trying to train it not to point.”

    Another answered, “you could never be sure plus you would end up with an unstable dog”.

    When asked about a severe attack on a child, the answer was not “the child tormented the dog” or “that dog was trained to attack.”

    No, one knowledgeable dog fancier explained:
    “Kids are dog sized
    Pits attack and kill dogs
    That’s what pits do.”

    • And yet it is such a mystery to the media. You continually see the media shake their heads and question, “What caused the dog to attack?” Instead of talking to silly nonsensical pit pushing rescue “experts,” they should consult the real experts in pit behavior, these game dog breeders. They know why the dog “unexpectedly became aggressive.”

  27. The pit’s freaking name was Dexter! Only a psychotic pit lover would name it something like that, and they do that crap all the time. This Hornish woman is a complete sociopath, just like her ‘gentle, never shown aggression before’ but I’ve only had him 4 months Dexter murder pit. These people are sick.

  28. Hornish claimed that psycho Dexter is “singing” in that video? How can anyone who represents dogs and claims to know dogs be that willfully ignorant? I’m not a dog body language expert, but I’m quite familiar with it. (Knowing the signs prevented me from getting my face ripped off at work by a redlining GSP many years ago.) Dexter is CLEARLY not happy or comfortable in that video. His body language is abundantly clear.

    She is still sticking to the “enthusiastic greeting” BS?! Any greeting from a dog should never result in “massive injuries including flesh, muscle and tendon loss to the lower extremities,” and/or death. What the hell is wrong with her?!?!

    Hornish is woefully unfit to represent dogs, and even more so the people of Connecticut. Thank God she lost her bid for the police commission. Someone that contemptible deserves no place in public service.

    • The claim that Dexter was “singing” in that video is exactly the kind delusional anthropomorphizing that ends up getting people killed. I’d like to think (but I’d be wrong) that someone in such a high position dealing with animals would know better. That dog was literally ready to snap and any reasonable person would know that. But I guess in order to rise to that level of hierarchy in the HSUS requires a level of either delusion or deception.

      Does Hornish not comprehend that this could have been her OWN MOTHER killed by this dog? Or is she so far gone that she wouldn’t even care?

      • She’s so oblivious to obvious behavioral problems — along with “cheerleading” for pit bulls — that it is likely she has “no idea” this victim could have been her mother. That is the state of the HSUS today.

        • Colleen, do you know the fate of Dexter? Is he still with Hornish? Is her mother still at risk? I looked through the article but didn’t find anything about whether he was euthanized or “rehomed”. (I was also pretty tired when reading.) If she decides to keep the killing dog around her defenseless mother, her level of depravity is beyond belief.

          • The dog is still being quarantined at the private vet facility. We are waiting on word from police who said they should have the investigation wrapped up by mid next week. Police will make a determination about the dog.

  29. I really don’t have anything to add that hasn’t already been said. I’m not even shocked anymore at the complete delusion of these pitbull apologist cult members. All I can say is I would never vote for a politician this deluded and am happy to hear that she lost her senate race last year. Doesn’t matter what party she ran for or what her positions on anything were, it is obvious that nothing she said could ever be trusted to be the truth. Normal people would be filled with guilt and shame to know their dog killed a visitor in their home. Normal people wouldn’t try to blame a health aide protecting the woman who was murdered. Normal people would 100% blame the dog (and if they were brutally honest, express regret for own their culpability in taking such a dog into their home….even if they didn’t have the courage to do that, they would at least have the conscious to keep quiet and not make excuses for the murderous animal.) And while I use the term murder, the fault is completely with the human owner, the dog is not capable of premeditatedly deciding to kill, it is an animal with programmed instincts, and this pitbull acted on its instincts. It i s not the pitbull’s fault in this regard, but it shows that pitbulls are NOT household pets, any more than tigers or bears. Let’s hope Dexter is euthanized, which is the only acceptable solution after this horrific attack (but I fear his idiot owner will return him to her home and let him kill her own mom or who knows who else.)

  30. Love the new news article. Now, disgusting Annie Hornish refers to her dog as “our dog” and “our dog, Dexter” to now implicate her mother as sharing responsibility in all this. So far she blamed the victim’s personal home health aid, the victim, and now her own mother as a shareholder in ownership of the defective Dexter.

  31. There is a sharp contrast here between this killing pit bull owner and Heather Anglin, whose dogs killed a homeless man in CA. One is affuent, probably respected in her community, responsible enough to care for her elderly mother, involved in her community and state. She owned a neutered pit bull because it made her feel like a rescue hero. The other is a downtrodden drug addict who can barely care for herself, contributes nothing at all to her community but actually drains it of resources, and owns pit bulls because it’s part of her thug image and selling puppies helps buy her another high.

    Even the deaths contrast… Hornish’s dog was in its own home and attacked a visiting friend, a sweet and respectable old lady who died with someone trying desperately to defend her. Anglin’s dogs were loose and hunted down a transient who died alone and so unknown that they had to identify him by his tattoos. Such stark contrasts.

    But one factor has brought these two disparate women together and placed them in the same category… their breed of choice resulted in the death of another human. I think everyone wants to pretend it’s only the Heather Anglins of the world whose dogs kill people. She “looks the part.” And, sadly, I think people want to believe that the only deaths by pit bills are “lowlife” thugs who have no value (I don’t believe this, he was a human being and did not deserve such a death). But the reality is that whether a pit owner is Annie Hornish or Heather Anglin, that dog can easily and happily kill someone.

    It’s not how they’re treated. It’s not whether the owner is good or bad, responsible or reckless. It’s not whether the victim “did something wrong.” It’s the breed. It’s what they DO.

    I doubt Hornish with her political career and high level respectable friends would have ever thought she’d be sharing such a grim statistic with Heather Anglin. And Anglin certainly wouldn’t want to be put into any category with Hornish! But here they are, together, because a pit bull will do what a pit bull has been manufactured to do.

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